Today is my last day of maternity leave. And oddly enough, I am spending it home without BIT.
Yes, you read that correctly. I have schlepped BIT off to her first day of daycare so as to enjoy my last day of leave all by myself.
In my defense, we are starting at a brand new daycare and I don’t know the routine yet, so I took the opportunity today to get BIT established in her new room when I had the time to linger for awhile. And I’m not planning on leaving her there for a full day today – just a few hours to see how it goes and treat myself to a few heavenly hours solo.
It’s so strange being in the house by myself. This is the first time since mid-June that I’ve been here on my own, without at least one other person demanding my time and attention. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. I keep feeling like I’ve forgotten something, somewhere.
Naturally, I seized the opportunity to blog. 🙂 And clean. And take a really long, uninterrupted, unshared by a toddler shower.
Truly, I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. Being a stay-at-home mom is hard! Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done (and I’ve only done it for a few months with each daughter). I love and appreciate and cherish my family more when I can get a break from them. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder and getting a few hours when I can go to work and just be a nurse again makes me a much, much better wife and mother.
I have a whole post in my mind about maternity leave and how we’re adjusting to two kids. And I really want to share it with you all. And I will.
But right now, I’m going to go run a couple of child-free errands (oh the gloriousness of not dealing with car seats and diaper bags!) and have a leisurely and uninterrupted lunch. And then I’m going to go see how BIT fared on her first day.
Hopefully she’s as happy to see me this afternoon as she was this morning.